The Making of a Collection

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The paintings collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum was inaugurated in 1857 through John Sheepshanks's gift of around 500 modern British oil paintings, watercolours and drawings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'.

His gift included major works by Turner and Constable as well as early 19th century genre painters including Landseer, Mulready and Wilkie. In 1901 a bequest made by Constantine Alexander Ionides introduced outstanding works by Burne-Jones and Rossetti.

Susan Owens, Curator of Paintings at the V&A, will give an overview of the wide range of Victorian pictures in the collection, from genre painting, through the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers, to the fin-de-siecle decadence of Aubrey Beardsley.

Venue details

Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500 www.wallacecollection.org